Traveling the Trail

The question we hear most is "Where's the trail?" It's a good question. This national historic trail weaves through communities as well as wildlands. There are many stops along the way from south of El Paso, Texas to Ohkay Owingeh (San Juan Pueblo), north of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Return to this page often to find more videos that will help you travel the trail, and experience an incredible heritage that dates back to 1598. Over time colonizers brought silver, chiles, silks, and other products from Mexico City; items that we still use across America today.

 

Take a Journey Along El Camino Real

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6 minutes, 32 seconds

Take a journey along this historic route to discover the people, places, and events that have shaped Mexico, New Mexico, and America. In this film, we take you to El Camino Real Historic Trail Site and along Jornada del Muerto, south of Socorro, New Mexico.

 

Título: Haga un viaje a lo largo del Sendero Histórico Nacional de El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro
Take a Journey along El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail

Spanish Translation WORD (36 KB) PDF (90 KB)

 

The Children of Spanish Colonial Times

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4 minutes, 36 seconds

Children in the 1700s worked alongside their family members, but they also had fun! In this video we travel to El Rancho de las Golondrinas (14 miles south of Santa Fe) to experience the children's lives.

 

Título: Los Niños de la Época Colonial Española
Children of Spanish Colonial Times

Spanish Translation: WORD (30 KB) PDF (85 KB)

 

Three Trails Children's Musical

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30 minutes, 34 seconds

Fourth and fifth graders from Carlos Gilbert Elementary School in Santa Fe, New Mexico perform an awesome musical covering three historic trails: El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, Santa Fe, and Old Spanish. All three trails converge at Santa Fe. Which one goes to Missouri? Which one goes to Mexico City? Which one goes to California? What was the purpose of each trail? Find out here!

 

A Child's Story of Socorro

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Cottonwood Valley Charter School 6th graders perform what happened when Spanish colonizer Juan de Oñate arrived at the Pueblo of Teypana  from Mexico City in 1598 (the pueblo was near present-day Socorro, 138 miles south of Santa Fe).

 

Título: El cuento de un niño de Socorro, por Sheri Armijo
A Child's Story of Socorro

Spanish translation WORD (25 KB) PDF (424 KB)

 


 
a rocky mesa with one person and blue sky
La Bajada Mesa

La Bajada Mesa is a cultural landscape about 16 miles south of Santa Fe, New Mexico. As you will see in this video, the landscape was the "last hurdle" on the trail for caravans heading to Okhay Owingeh. Enjoy.

The Last Hurdle: El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro from New Mexico PBS "Moments in Time"
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uy6Bx6Tk6Os

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Mailing Address:

National Trails Intermountain Region
El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail
PO Box 728

Santa Fe, NM 87504

Phone:

(505) 988-6098

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